Meet Tony Wilson

June 11, 2009

Tony Wilson may never have seen himself as an Oregon State Beaver prior to his arrival in 2008, but now he can't see himself anywhere else. Thanks to the coaching staff, his teammates, the city of Corvallis and the fans of Beaver Nation, he now feels at home in a town not far from his real hometown. Even with the injury he sustained during the spring, Wilson can't wait to get on the field and show everyone his appreciation.

Why Oregon State?

When I came down here on my visit and met Coach Riley, I fell in love with the coaching staff, it was so close to home and having the D-I experience and being able to play football here in my backyard being from Salem, it was an easy choice when I came down here on my visit.

Who are you in a nutshell?

I would say that I'm driven. I'm a man of faith and also determined to do whatever is on my mind. I go out there and accomplish all that I can. I like to hang out and relax when I can. I work hard and play hard.

What is the best part about being a linebacker?

Contact is my favorite part of football and being a linebacker, that's what we are there to do. Making tackles, being the one who is like the quarterback of the defense and being the core of the defense is what is probably the best part about being a linebacker.

If you weren't a linebacker, what would you be?

I would like to be a running back because that is what I played in high school as well. You are still able to engage in contact as a running back, but also able to carry the football a lot too.

What did you learn by redshirting?

It was a great move to redshirt me. I grew a lot physically. I gained 10 pounds and just to be able to be around the game and to fit in that routine of school and football, it was good to be able to have that experience before having to worry about going out there and playing. It was really beneficial for me to redshirt. It helped me become more prepared and I will be able to make the most out of my four years of eligibility.

Is there a reason for number 43?

Not really. When I got here that is just what they gave me, Alan Darlin's old number, and I just fell in love with it. Four plus three is seven and that is God's number. Looking back on Darlin's tape, those are some big shoes to fill and I don't want it to be a letdown from me.

What was it like winning state in football and baseball in high school?

As a freshman, that's when we won it was in '04, I was experiencing the high school games, programs and what high school was like; I was so new to the whole thing. Being part of the ride to the playoffs in football, you never expect it to go through it in baseball as well, but it was an unbelievable feeling to be a part of that team, both teams actually. A lot of the guys are also here at Oregon State too, so I was able to keep those friendships that I was able to build at Sprague.

What has been your greatest moment so far?

Best moment would be my freshman year here. It was similar to what happened in high school with that ride to the bowl game and being a part of the team. We are all in this together and the bonding that happens off the field with practice and helping out however you can.

Do you have a favorite pro team?

Being from Oregon, the Northwest team would be the Seahawks. I would have to say they are my favorite team. I really don't prefer anyone besides them.

What do you enjoy outside of football?

I love all sports. I played basketball and baseball in high school too so going up and having a pick-up game at Dixon or just hanging out with my buddies. Doesn't really matter, if it is something active, I am in for it.

Do you have a favorite food?

I love all kinds of food. That's probably what you typically get from football players. If it's good, especially my mom's meal; it's nice to be able to go home and to get a meal from her.

What's the scholarship mean for you?

That is a great question. It was always a dream of mine to play Division I football, but I saw myself probably going to Portland State. When Oregon State offered after my senior year, that scholarship was financially a blessing to have. To have the opportunity to play here is the best that you can play with. It's something that means so much and if it wasn't for that scholarship I wouldn't be here. It couldn't be a better fit for me.

One thing you want to say to fans...

Being on this team and being part of the community, as a football player, the community and the team really make you feel like you are part of a big family. It has the small town feel, but we all unite and it is such a great department to play in and I just want to thank the fans for providing that and for encouraging us guy because it goes so far being out there on the field in the battle.

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